Mercy Lokulutu, BSN, RN, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at the University of Texas at Arlington and anticipates graduating in May 2021. Growing up in Nigeria and immigrating to the United States for college, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of North Florida in 2004 and was the sole recipient of the Albert J. Ernest Caring Award and the Senior Service Award. As a member of Sigma Theta Tau, she was actively involved in outreach activities and various service projects on campus and in the North Florida region.
Her previous clinical experience includes working as a staff nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, in telemetry, intensive care and psychiatric inpatient units with a diverse population. She launched a pilot nurse resource program to teach clinical skills and nursing theory to novice nurses to improve clinical standards and evidence-based care. These initiatives helped her to gain experience in leadership and as a clinical instructor in Maryland.
Mrs. Lokulutu is passionate about reaching underserved populations and has led medical mission trips to Guatemala, Peru, Zimbabwe, local clinics in Florida and refugee communities in Fort Worth, Texas. Given her background, clinical expertise and leadership experience, she plans to continue to serve culturally diverse populations upon graduation as a PMHNP.